Andrea E. Thode, Ph.D. - Associate Professor

thode Research Interests

Fire as it interacts with landscape ecology, restoration ecology, community ecology, invasive species, and wildlife. This includes fire regimes, fire behavior and fire effects.

Current Projects

Burn severity mapping using Landsat TM imagery, quantification of burn severity on the ground and through remote sensing, pattern analysis of burn severity and quantification of current fire regimes.

Fire Ecology focuses on the effects of fire on ecosystems including soils, watersheds, air, flora, fauna and humans. These effects range from the microsite to entire landscapes and the concept of fire regimes are critical. Fire Science focuses on fire behavior characteristics and modeling those characteristics. This includes an understanding of fire weather, fuels and the basic principles of fire spread and combustion.

An understanding of both fire ecology and fire science are critical in natural resource land management and in understanding how fuel treatments across the landscape will help with restoring or changing fire regimes and changing fire behavior. The issues that surround communities settled in fire-prone ecosystems extend past the wildland urban interface and require a basic understanding of the fire ecology and fire behavior of the ecosystems involved.

Education

B.S., University of California, Davis, 1996
Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2005

Contact Information

Office: Building 82 - Room 200
Phone: 928.523.5457
Email: Andi.Thode@nau.edu  

Selected Publications

Books and book chapters  

Sugihara, N, J. van Wagtendonk, J. Fites-Kaufman, K. Shaffer and A. Thode, (eds.). 2006. Fire in California ecosystems. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

Thode, A., J. Kershner, K. Roby, L. Decker, and J. Beyers. 2006. Fire, watershed resources and aquatic ecosystems. In: Fire in California ecosystems; N. Sugihara, J. van Wagtendonk, J. Fites-Kaufman, K. Shaffer and A. Thode (eds.) University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

N. Sugihara, J. van Wagtendonk, J. Fites-Kaufman, K. Shaffer and A. Thode. 2006. The Future of Fire in California’s Ecosystems. In: Fire in California ecosystems; N. Sugihara, J. van Wagtendonk, J. Fites-Kaufman, K. Shaffer and A. Thode (eds.) University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

Peer-reviewed refereed journals  

Scudieri, C1., C. Sieg, S. Haase, A. Thode; S. Sackett. 2010. Understory vegetation response after 30 years of interval prescribed burning in two ponderosa pine sites in northern Arizona. Forest Ecology and Management. 260: 2134-2142.

Lutz J., J. van Wagtendonk, A. Thode, J. Miller, J. Franklin. 2009. Climate, lightning ignitions, and fire severity in Yosemite National Park, California, USA. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 18:765–774.

Kobziar, L., M. Rocca, C. Dicus, C. Hoffman, N. Sugihara, A. Thode, J Varner, P. Morgan. 2009. Challenges to educating the next generation of wildland fire professionals in the US. Journal of Forestry 107: 339-345.

Miller, J., H. Safford, M. Crimmins, A. Thode. 2009. Quantitative evidence for increasing forest fire severity in the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade Mountains, California and Nevada, USA. Ecosystems 12:16–32.

Collins, B, J. Miller, A. Thode, M. Kelly, J. van Wagtendonk, S. Stephens. 2009. Interactions among wildland fires in a long-established Sierra Nevada natural fire area. Ecosystems 12:114–128

Miller, J. and A. Thode. 2007. Quantifying burn severity in a heterogeneous landscape with a relative version.